Efterklang - Performing Parades
- Hamish Brown
- 2 October 2009
Parades is a great album. Originally released in 2007, it transformed marginal Danish avant rock outfit Efterklang – a more off-kilter Arcade Fire who combine massed voices with modern classical instrumentation – into a marginal Danish avant rock outfit with a slightly more popular album.
Evidently, it’s popular enough to warrant staging a live performance of the album with the National Danish Chamber Orchestra, as documented here. The live footage captures the artfully lit stage, and a behind-the-scenes short film provides insight into the complexities of group-meets-orchestra, and there are 10 promos too, but ultimately it’s about the music, whichs sounds wonderful. If you know Parades, this is a great add-on. As a starting point, however, the original album is the one you want.